Carpooling in Tanzania

Hello everyone,

In order to move around in Tanzania, you will have to spend time on the road; for your work commute, to drop your children off at school or for everyday trips. Carpooling could be the right option for you. We would like to know your views on carpooling as a means of transport, and whether it is a practical and cost-effective option.

Is carpooling and cost-sharing common practice in Tanzania? What about the regulations in force?

For which types of journey does carpooling seem more suitable in Tanzania? How much is the cost of a carpool trip?

Is there an app or other means available to connect people looking to carpool? How do you find other carpoolers?

If you are carpooling in Tanzania, what precautions should you take to travel safely?

According to you, what are the advantages and disadvantages of carpooling?

Thank you for sharing your experience,

I don't have my own car.  For school runs I have arranged with other parents of children at my school to have my children go in their car and I contribute to their costs.  Best way is to ask around at a school / workplace to see if others live in a similar area to you and would be willing to give you lifts on a regular basis in return for a contribution.  On days where timing doesn't work out, we take buses/taxi/uber/bajaji.  It is easier to do this on the way home from school/work than on the way to school/work, because in the mornings I don't like to make others late and I don't like them to make me late, but on the way home this doesn't matter so much.

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